GOOD THINGS TO KNOW
Don’t fly on a full stomach and remove anything sharp (belts, rings) that could cut fabric.
Placing fabric on the comfortable spots on your body takes practice. Be patient with your learning curve.
The fabric can squeeze you in what we call “the tourniquet effect.” You might feel a bit woozy since this stimulates lymphatic cleansing… but it’s good for you.
When hanging upside down, even in a low inversion legs always OPEN & WRAP!
For safety and comfort place a yoga mat and a padded mat beneath you!
WHERE & HOW DO I HANG IT?
There’s a saying in aerial arts, you’re only as secure as your rigging! Call in an engineer, a professional rigger and/or a licensed contractor to make sure your rigging is safe. Even though we are low flyers and don’t exert the type of forces that higher flying aerialists do, you can still get hurt if you fall. Here are your 2 basic hanging choices:
HERE ARE YOUR BASIC CHOICES:
EXPOSED BEAM OR PULL-UP BAR
Loop daisy chain- hammock strap around beam or bar. Pull one end of loop through other and pull tight. For 8-10 ceilings, position daisy chains so the plain end hangs closest to floor. Switch daisy chain direction for high ceilings, Long straps can be hooked to carabiners to create handles, as in cover photo. Please don’t use a spring-loaded pull-up bar that fits in a doorway.
HARDWARE IN CEILING STUDS
You’ll need a stud finder. Our standard measurement is 32” apart, which is every other ceiling stud, if you’re working cross ways along the studs. Get the largest eye screws, approx 5 1/4” long. Use a long screw driver in the eye to torque deep into stud.
RIGGING A STUDIO
When rigging a group setting, make all rigging points the same distance apart. Stagger placement so each person has a good 6’ radius if possible. If you need to remove daisy chains between classes a solid steel carabiner at the end of each daisy chain makes it fast!
WASH & SPRAY
To clean your Booty Bag, remove carabiners and wash in cold water. A new Booty Bag may not be colorfast so beware. Put in dryer. A clean Booty Bag will shrink and stretch a bit with use but tightens up with every wash. It should last years!
Between washings we like to spritz fabric with 1 part water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide and a pleasant scented antibacterial such as lavender, lemon, tea tree, cinnamon or other essential oils.